Quick and Easy Crochet Stitches – How to crochet Lemon Peel Stitch

The Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch is also known as Soft Moss Stitch.  It is an easy, textured and reversable crochet stitch.

At a glance, the stitch creates the illusion of a tiny bobble, but you’ll be surprised to see what it is made of.

The pattern is a combination of single and double crochet stitches only (US terms). I’ve found the stitch to be very relaxing to crochet and I also don’t need to concentrate that much doing so. (which makes it a fun stitch to do anyway!)

I used this crochet stitch pattern to create the 5-Shades of Grey Crochet Blanket – scroll down for the link.


Lemon Peel Stitch an easy Crochet Stitch using sc and dcs only.  Quick and Easy Crochet Stitches – How to crochet Lemon Peel Stitch




How to crochet lemon peel stitch (or soft moss stitch)


  • Yarn of your choice – I used double knitting weight/light or light worsted yarn
  • Hook size for your yarn choice – hook used for this project – 4mm,  G/6 (US) 8 (UK)

Skill level:  Beginner with basic crochet skills

Recommended yarn – Caron Simply Soft Solids Yarn (4) Medium Gauge 100% Acrylic – 6 oz – Machine Wash & Dry

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ch        – chain

dc        – double crochet

hdc      – half double crochet

sc         – single crochet

sts        – stitches


Not available as yarn, hook and tension may differ.


Ch1 at every end of the row, does not count as a stitch.

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pattern of the CROCHET lemon peel stitch

The pattern is in US terms.

The pattern:

Start with any amount of chains required to achieve the size of your project.

In the sample, I started with 200 chains.

1st row:  ch1, sc in second chain from the hook, dc in next stitch, repeat the alternating sc and dc sts, to the end, ch1 and turn;

2nd row:  continue alternating the sc and dc sts.  Always work a single crochet stitch into a double crochet stitch and a double crochet into a single crochet stitch.

Since I ended my first row with a dc, my second row starts with a sc, dc in next st (a sc in the first row), *alternate sc, dc to end, ch1 and turn.

In you’ve started with an even number of chains, your work will always end with a dc and start the next row with a sc. An uneven number of stitches will result in one row beginning with a sc and the next row with dc.

Continue in this 2-row pattern until your work is the required length. 

I’m confident that this stitch will become one of your go-to sources!

Check out the 5-Shades of Grey Crochet Blanket Free Pattern in this post.



variation on THE LEMON PEEL STITCH pattern

My pattern is very informal but some of you may not like the uncertainty of a go-with-the-flow kind of approach.

For you, I include a formal version:

Chain multiples of 2 + 1

Foundation row:  sc in 3rd ch from the hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * to last 2 chains, dc in next st and ending with a hdc in the last ch, turn;

1st row:  ch2 (counts as a hdc throughout), skip the first hdc, *sc in next dc (of previous row), dc in next sc (of previous row), repeat from * to last st, hdc in top of ch-2, turn.

Repeat 1st row until your work is the required length.

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more about easy combination crochet stitches:

The following crochet stitch patterns are similar to the Lemon Peel stitch, in that all of the patterns use a combination of dc and sc’s throughout:

Where to use the lemon peel stitch
  • Dishcloths/Washcloths
  • Blanket/Throws
  • Scarves
  • Bags or pouches
  • Wearables

Well done – you mastered another crochet stitch!

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